2-12 North River Street


  • Architecture
  • Historic Tax Credit Consulting


  • Housing
  • Retail

Aurora, IL


a two-story dome graces downtown Aurora once again

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The renovation of 2-12 N River St. includes the Hobbs Building, an 1895 landmark building originally built as a furniture store, and a three-story warehouse for International Harvester built in 1901 and 1912.  Both structures have experienced many changes over the years, particularly to their storefronts and facades.

timeless, yet timely

The renovation of these buildings from long-vacant commercial buildings into modern mixed-use spaces was approached utilizing the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. 

Most notable on the Hobbs building was the missing signature onion dome on the corner turret. Studio GWA studied historical photos, newspaper archives, and remnants of the original dome to understand changes made over the years to both the dome and the building itself.  

a River Street anchor

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2-12 North River Street features commercial space on the ground floors and one- and two-bedroom residential units on the upper floors.  These spaces will only add to the increasing vibrancy of downtown Aurora, and the details found on both the Hobbs and International Harvester buildings will complement the activities and events happening downtown for years to come.

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